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Notts Help Yourself Provider Bulletin

Welcome to the July 2018 edition of the Notts Help Yourself Provider e-bulletin. The bulletins will let you know about new developments on the Notts Help Yourself website. If you need more information about these stories or would like to contribute to a future edition please email

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If this is the case you can list them on the provider training and events calendar which will enable other providers to book directly onto your courses. Please click here for a guide on how to list courses and events. 

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Autism Friendly Services Survey

Do you provide an autism friendly service?  Would you like to know more about autism and how to adapt your service to make it more inclusive?  If your answer to either of these questions is yes we’d love to hear from you via our questionnaire

Re: Fair Price for Care Fees Consultation Process – Older People Care Homes

The Council has historically reviewed the fee levels for older people care homes with the first review called the ’Fair Price for Care’ which took place in 2008 when the current quality banding system commenced. The Council further reviewed the current ‘Fair Price for Care’ again in both 2012 and 2016. 

As the current ‘Fair Price for Care’ has been in place for 10 years now, the Council in partnership with Nottinghamshire Care Home Association (CHA) has just undertaken a procurement exercise to secure a consultant to review the fees. We are pleased to inform you that Laing & Buisson were successful and will be working with the Council and the CHA. 

Care home providers will receive a letter from Laing & Buisson very soon which will give you the link to an online questionnaire. This questionnaire is crucial in ensuring that we establish the cost of care is in Nottinghamshire.

As one of the Council’s current providers we therefore ask that you make every effort to support this joint piece of work. There will be support along the way from Laing & Buisson by telephone and also individual workshops. Your home will also be allocated a Quality Monitoring Officer and they will be available to support you through the process.

If you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact either Gemma Shelton at  or a Quality Monitoring Officer via

Disability Information Action Group (DIAG)

Do you come into contact with disabled adults? Could you provide information to interested people? If so, you may wish to encourage them to come to the DIAG sessions for information, advice, guidance and social reasons. We meet three times a year and our next session will take place on:

  • Thursday 20th September 2018, 11.00am to 1.30pm, Newark Library, Beaumont Gardens, Newark, NG24 1UW. 

This session will be focusing on Loneliness and Disability.  You can get more information and details by contacting Veronica Price-Job on 0115 9772546 or 07793977985 (Monday to Wednesday).

Promoting Independence in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire’s Adult Social Care Strategy was recently updated and sets out the county’s social care offer for adults and highlights our purpose, which is to help people to promote their independence and wellbeing.

The strategy sets out three key stages to support people:

  • helping people to help themselves
  • helping people when they need it
  • maximising independence and keeping progress under review.

When assessing and agreeing a support plan with people we work with them to set achievable goals to promote their independence and wellbeing.

The support plan is the agreement between the person and the local authority of what they want to achieve and how their needs will be met.  By understanding what people want to achieve and setting short-term goals to help them get to where they want to be, the right balance can be achieved between receiving support for as long as is needed and increasing people’s abilities and independence over time.

What does this mean for providers?

When supporting people it’s important to maximise their independence in all areas of their life:  

  • when writing your care plans, these should be written in line with what’s important to the person and  their long and short-term goals which are recorded in their support plan
  • the local authority will share relevant sections of the support plan with you
  • are there any short-term goals set? How can you support the person to achieve these goals and to become more independent?
  • check the information provided to see what the person would like to improve in the short and the long-term and how they prefer to be supported
  • people’s progress towards their short-term goals will be reviewed regularly to ensure we’re providing the right support to help people to be as independent as possible
  • people with longer term support needs may never become fully independent but  continue to consider how all of the support you provide can help to restore, maintain or enhance their independence
  • it’s important to maximise people’s independence throughout all of our support -  supporting people to stay independent with simple things such as making their own cup of tea can be very important for people.

You can find more information on the Adult Social Care strategy on our website here.

Do you work with clients who have barriers to work, education or training?

The ‘Towards Work’ scheme may be able to help! 

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund the programme is for anyone with a barrier to working, education or training – this could be health related or they may need help to decide what they want to do. 

The scheme can: 

  • support people to overcome personal barriers to employment and training by providing an all-inclusive package of support to those most at risk of social exclusion. 
  • provide an in-work support service to ensure employment is sustained.
  • provide a person-centred, tailored service particularly for: 
  • people out of work or economically inactive 
  • people aged over 50
  • young people not in education, employment or training
  • women returning to work or who have never worked
  • offer specialist support from our partnering organisations, mental health and disability specialists for those in need of additional support.

To self-refer, refer a client or to read case studies of people we have helped visit the website

Rogue agencies and illegal workers in care homes

Nationally, there’s a growing trend of criminal offences where counterfeit documents are used to gain work within the care sector. Although the majority of agencies and agency workers are completely legitimate, this centres around rogue employment agencies and illegal agency workers who gain work in care homes.

Care homes have a responsibility to conduct checks on their employees, even if they are employed via an agency. You need to be satisfied that those working for them are who they say they are, that they are legally employed and they have the relevant qualifications to be undertaking the role.

Click here for more information on how to ensure applicants are who they say they are.

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